Live eTutorial: OpenFlow

13:00 - 25 May 2021
16:30 - 25 May 2021
Time shown in UTC +10:00

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OpenFlow is considered one of the first software-defined networking (SDN) standards. The objective of this tutorial is to introduce the OpenFlow protocol (part of the SDN architecture) which enables the SDN controller to directly interact with the forwarding plane of network devices such as switches and routers.


This online tutorial is fee-free.

Target audience

Engineers, Network Managers and Operators who are interested in network automation and want to gain an understanding of how to use OpenFlow protocol for provisioning in a software-defined network.


It is assumed that participants have a basic understanding of:

  • Network operations, Internet technologies, OSI reference model and TCP/IP.
  • Basic Linux command line (CLI) skills.

We recommend the following Academy courses be completed before the start of the tutorial:

Course outline

  • History
  • Motivation for control and data plane separation
  • Architectural frameworks
  • OpenFlow

Other requirements

Participants are advised to bring their own laptop computers with high-speed Wi-Fi (802.11a/g/n/ac) and administrative access to system. It is also recommended that laptops have Intel i5 or i7 processor, >=8GB of RAM and 30GB of free hard disk space.

Software: SSH Client, Telnet Client, VirtualBox/VMware

Confirm Secure SHell (SSH) is allowed from the office or home network to access the lab infrastructure? Test ssh connectivity, try to connect to route-views.oregon-ix.net.

For example from the CLI type: ssh rviews@route-views.oregon-ix.net

Local Contact

APNIC Training
Email: training@apnic.net